Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1958.
J.R.R. Tolkien. 2nd Edition. Hard Cover. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Very Good Plus / Near Fine. Item #2162
A lovely copy of an extremely scarce early Hobbit. The 1958 printing, of the 2nd Edition (1951), or the 10th printing overall (1937). This copy is a stated 10th impression from the dustjacket, published by Houghton Mifflin from sheets imported from Great Britain. Stated 10th impression on front flap, not price clipped, noted as printed in Great Britain. One of probably only 1000 imported from Allen & Unwin, lacking the printing history on title verso, to help them circumvent the import restrictions and US copyright laws. The book features the original dustjacket with the Mountains and Dragon design by the author, in Near Fine condition. Some tanning or offsetting to the front flap interior from a newsprint article that had been laid inside. The spine also shows some tanning while the front and back panel are only lightly soiled. Almost no edgewear, other than a couple of spots to the spine folds and flap fold areas The boards show no soiling or marking, no shelfwear to note. The text block is clean, with some darkening to the margins. No bumped corners, virtually without major fault. The dustjacket is not price clipped, and has no markings. It shows only the most minor of rubbing, with a very small amount of loss, to the tips of the spine areas and flap folds. A beautiful, bright, clean copy, one of the copies with the light green boards stamped in blue, that are very hard to find. Contains the full color frontispiece "The Hill: Hobbiton-across-the Water", as well as the original line drawings by Tolkien. The maps are in excellent condition, with the red and black ink still showing clear and bright against the endpapers. Both maps have no foxing, no marks, or previous owners names. A highly collectable copy, hard to find in this Near Fine/Very Good Plus condition. Digital photo's available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions.
Price: $850.00 save 5% $807.50